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Sunday Sketchblog #161

Today we arrived back in London after our annual jaunt to Scotland. Here are the postcards I painted in Orkney, plus one special one from Yorkshire.


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Street Art #180

Some street art I spotted myself, which makes a bit of a change!  This selection was all found en route from my house in west London to Brick Lane (where I was heading for beigels).

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…bridesmaids.  This is something I learned recently when I was asked if I would make notebooks as gifts from a bride to her bridesmaids.  Sure, I said, no problem.  How many bridesmaids?

Nine.

I can’t lie, that threw me a bit, but in the end it turned out to be terrific fun because I got to design nine different notebooks.  The bride wrote down a few words about each woman, and off I went to select papers and binding styles.

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An eclectic mix, let’s show off each notebook individually so you can have a proper look.  Although it was occasionally challenging to find the right paper for each cover, it was very satisfying to rummage through my studio trying to find ‘the one’.  Even more so to then decide which binding style would be best, and of course the question of thread, and inner lining – oh the choices!  These books have been made using everything from scrapbook paper through to a repurposed paper carrier bag, and some of the vintage linen thread is older than I am!  I hope that the bridesmaids like them as much as the bride and I do 🙂

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Here they are all wrapped up and waiting to go.

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Sunday Sketchblog #160

A little drawing to remember our friend George, who passed away earlier this year.

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Rest in peace George, you’ll always be remembered.

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Street art #179

Another piece from abroad, and this time it’s Namur in Belgium (photos by my friend Paula, thank you!).  The first one is my favourite, although the trees have a lovely simplicity about them.

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A street art special edition that doesn’t have any street art in it.  You’re probably a bit confused!

I received a card in the post from Claire, and it really touched me.  The card read

Thank you for making me look at the world that little bit more closely when I walk around.

Isn’t that lovely?  It really does give me a warm glow to think that at least one other person is now going through the world and noticing things that they might previously have overlooked.  The world is beautiful, sometimes in unexpected ways, and we rush around os much that things get missed.  Slow down, take your time, and look around you.

Street Art #178

One from sunnier climes today!  This colourful piece was spotted by my friend Patricia (my favourite Scrabble opponent), and it was in Plaza Del Trigo de Duero, Spain.  Thank you Patricia!

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